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Euro 2020: Daily Results (July 2) – Spain Edge Past Switzerland as Italy See Off Belgium

  • Euro 2020 daily round-up.
  • Quarter-finals get underway.
  • Spain and Italy both win to set up heavyweight semi-final.

This summer’s European Championship returned on Friday following a two day break.

With two quarter-finals taking place, soccer fans would learn which two countries would be the first to book their place in the tournament’s semi-finals.

The early kick-off of the day saw France’s conquerors Switzerland taking on three-time European Championships winners Spain.

Despite fighting back after conceding an early own-goal, the Swiss, who took the tie to penalties, fell at the final hurdle.

Several missed spot-kicks from both sides saw the Spanish narrowly edge the knockout match.

Elsewhere, the later game of the day saw Belgium and favorites Italy collide in an action-packed thriller in Germany.

After going two goals up during the game’s first-half, it was always unlikely that the Red Devils would be able to break down a notoriously resolute Italian defense.

Although coming close to leveling the score following a first-half Romelu Lukaku penalty, Belgium was unable to match the Italians and eventually crashed out after losing 2-1.

Six Teams Remain as Italy and Spain First Through

The tournament has very much reached the business end.

24 teams have now been reduced to just six with today’s games confirming Italy and Spain are the first two countries to reach the semi-final stage.

Saturday will see another two quarter-final ties take place with the Czech Republic taking on Denmark and Ukraine tasked with stopping the surging England.

What Are The Bookmakers Saying?

Although the four teams in action on Saturday still have an extra game to play, the bookmakers have already moved their odds accordingly.

Seemingly struggling to split the top three ranked sides – Italy is narrowly viewed as favorites to lift the title, with Gareth Southgate’s England also hotly tipped to end their 55-year-long trophy drought, and Spain still being taken seriously.

Here is how the odds are looking after Friday’s two quarter-finals.

Euro 2020 Outright Winner MarketOdds
Italy+200
England+225
Spain+250
Denmark+1000
Czech Republic+2500
Ukraine+3300

Quarter Final: Switzerland vs. Spain

Location: Krestovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg, Russia
Kick-off: 13:00 ET
Score: 1-1 (1-3 on penalties)
Scorers: Denis Zakaria (OG) 8′, Xherdan Shaqiri 68′

Quarter Final: Belgium vs. Italy

Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Kick-off: 16:00 ET
Score: 1-2
Scorers: Nicolo Barella 31′, Lorenzo Insigne 44′, Romelu Lukaku (P) 45+2′

Next Set of Fixtures (July 3)

Quarter Final: Czech Republic vs. Denmark
Location: Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan
Kick-off: 13:00 ET

Quarter Final: Ukraine vs. England
Location: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
Kick-off: 16:00 ET

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